Saturday, May 1, 2010

Fabric Flowers

Happy May Day!

At school we are studying plants. My partner and I decided to turn our Dramatic Play centers into flower shops. She has tons of fake flowers and I have none. Believe it or not... fake flowers are actually very expensive when you want to buy a bunch. Lucky for me, this weekend I came across a tutorial on how to make no sew fabric flowers... and lucky for you, I am going to share them with you!!!

These are a perfect favor for a garden bridal or baby shower, a flower for your love that isn't going to die and can be made out of cute punk rock fabric, for Mom on Mothers Day (coming very soon), for your Kindergarten class like me, to celebrate May Day (hurry you have only an hour left), or just a fun addition to your home.

Here is what you need:

  • Scraps of fabric that are at least 2x16"
  • pencils, wooden dowels, skewers, or really anything else you want to use as the steam. I used pencils from the 99 cent store (packs of 10).
  • some scrap felt
  • glue gun and extra refills

Cut a length of fabric at least 2x16

Put a strip of glue down on the edge of the wrong side of the fabric.

pinch and glue to the top of the pencil. I like the eracer poking out because I think it looks like the pistol of a flower... but if you don't want to see the eracer, then just start higher up on the pencil. The more you pinch the more gathered and open your flower will look. Play around with it to see the different types of flowers you can make.

cut out a piece of felt in a circle then cut the radius. (yes math term... I know it is shocking) Glue to the bottom of the flower.


A view from the side. You can see how the felt looks.

I made a lot of flowers! 30 to be exact. Once I got started I just couldn't stop. They are truly addicting! So super easy too. (They really do look better in person. I am just too impatient to wait for the sun to come up again to have good lighting and take a picture)
I even made one for my hair :)
Total cost: $3 for 30 flowers How do you like them apples!!!

Happy flower making!

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